Innovative Kenyan entrepreneurs to battle out for 5 million

Total Kenya has announced that entries for the second edition of Startupper of the Year Challenge will include 55 countries up from the previous 34.

The competition that that seeks to promote creative ideas and entrepreneurship among young citizens will see 3 winners from each country get an opportunity to make their dream a reality.

The 2018/19 Total Startupper Challenge is building on a successful first edition held in 2015/16 that attracted over 800 applicants from 34 countries, 40 of them from Kenya.

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In the challenge, which is open to all Kenyans no older than 35 years old, the top three winners will bag cash prize, along with business training and mentorship.

This year, the contest will be stretching to 55 countries with exciting and rewarding opportunities for successful applicants.

The challenge will be open to projects or Start-ups from any field or activity that are less than two years old and proposed by young entrepreneurs aged less than 35 years.

The projects will be assessed based on their social and community impact, feasibility and development potential.

In Kenya, three winners will be selected with the outstanding applicant receiving Sh2.5 million.  The first and second runners-ups will walk away with Sh1.5 million and Sh1 million respectively.

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To support women entrepreneurs, the second edition will designate a top female entrepreneur in each country. This special award is Total’s way of encouraging women to take part in the challenge.

In the first edition, 40 finalists were shortlisted in Kenya with Samuel Rigu scooping the top prize of Sh2.5 million for his project Safi Organics produces, a soil conditioner derived from farm waste.

The company has developed a patent pending environmentally friendly reactors together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) and unique recipes enabling the low-cost and decentralized conversion of farm waste into carbon­ negative soil conditioner in just under 2 hours

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